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Old 05-05-2008, 07:03 AM   #21
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I see we have a wide range of opinions! :)
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Old 05-05-2008, 07:20 AM   #22
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The only time I've raised an eyebrow over using black pepper is when I saw a TV chef putting it on strawbeerries!. I'm not sure about that.
DW had a friend who covered everything savoury she ate with pepper, clouds of the stuff.
You should really try it in strawberries. It is a really interesting and pleasing flavor combination.
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Old 05-05-2008, 03:00 PM   #23
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WOW! Charlie I use it lightly or heavy depending on what I am making. So I guess cracked black pepper is like Kryptonite to you
Pretty much so. All my life I hated spicy foods my mom used to make. Only now I realise it was the black pepper. I actually like spicy food and use a lot of cayene pepper and other hot peppers. But none of that black powder, yuk.
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Old 05-05-2008, 03:14 PM   #24
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I can't think of a time not to use black pepper except in desserts....and the Lord knows I will try it in that as well!
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You should really try it in strawberries. It is a really interesting and pleasing flavor combination.
On apples too... yum
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Old 05-06-2008, 10:27 AM   #26
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I have two pepper mills, one for black pepper, one for white. I usually grind some black pepper into foods that I've cooked shortly before they're done. Stir, taste. I under-season food at home, as my family can't handle highly-seasoned foods. After I plate dinner, I'll grind a little more black pepper for mine.

I will mix white and black pepper, usually with cayenne, for Cajun food.
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Old 05-07-2008, 10:56 AM   #27
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I also have two mills...I think pepper is my favorite spice by far. It goes on EVERYTHING
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Old 05-07-2008, 10:59 AM   #28
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This is a great spice. I have a vivid memory of the first time I used a pepper mill and smelled and tasted freshly ground pepper. WOW, what a difference. I no longer use pre-ground pepper. If I don;t have a pepper mill, I pass on the pepper.
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Old 05-07-2008, 11:01 AM   #29
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I am the same way Andy. The pre-ground stuff to me is just like dust you find around your house. It is not something I would ever want to eat.
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Old 05-07-2008, 08:11 PM   #30
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What's your favorite brands and types of pepper? I have used regular black peppercorns for years that are probably store brand. I just picked up a bottle of McCormick multicolored peppercorns that I'm about to try too though. Years ago I remember using preground white pepper but I have not had it in the spice cabinet for a long time.

I recently purchased a very nice medium height wooden mill. I think it's maple or ash maybe. For 20 years I've had a small stainless and aluminum mill but I was never that crazy about it and the control was so-so. Wow, what a difference a quality French mill makes.
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